Grenada Prepares For October 27 Referendum

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ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – Grenada electoral officials say they have already designed the ballot paper to be used in the October 27 referendum and that more than 69,000 people are eligible to cast a ballot in the exercise.

“We have already design the ballot paper and it will be a simple question of asking them if they approved the Bill to amendment the Constitution, the choices will be yes or no while for persons who are unable to read, symbols will be used to guide their voting decision,” said Alex Phillip, Supervisor of Election here.
“So for example, the bills will be on the ballot paper in alphabetical order and the first one is on the Caribbean Court of Justice…and the symbol will be one associated with the justice system, so the person who is unable to read or read properly will know what the number one question is related to the CCJ by the use of the gavel as the symbol,” he added.

Last month, the Senate approved the eight bills that would allow for changes to the Grenada Constitution once two thirds of the voter population approve the measures.

Parliament had earlier passed legislation that allows the island to replace the London-based Privy Council with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), as its final court.

Grenadians will also be asked to institute term limits for the Prime Minister; ensure that there is always an Opposition Leader; enable Parliament to provide fixed dates for general elections; institute an Elections and Boundaries Commission and require that allegiance be sworn, no longer to the Queen, but to Grenada.

Phillip told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that his office will be responsible for training staff and officers of the Parliamentary Elections Office (PEO) as part of the preparation process for the October referendum, while the Constitution Reform Advisory Committee (CRAC) will be responsible for educating voters on the issues in the referendum.

“We will be responsible for the voting process and the CRAC will be responsible to educate the population about the bills, so we will be working jointly in some areas as it pertaining to the people but there are specific duties for the PEO and the Committee,” he said.

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